Play by Play: December 4, 2009

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 2, 2009

SHIPWRECKED! | Or, to be precise, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself). At age 16, we're told, "Louis de Rougemont leaves his sickbed and London home, vowing to see the world. As he climbs aboard a ship of pearl divers, a typhoon hits, leaving him stranded on an island. Thirty years later, hailed as a hero, he returns to Victorian London with a tale so amazing it's hard to believe it is true." The Lyric Stage presents the New England premiere of Donald Margulies's based-in-fact tale, which Charles Isherwood in the New York Times hailed as "magical theatrical sleight of hand." Shakespeare and Company stalwart Allyn Burrows is Louis, Angie Jepson Player #1, Daniel Berger-Jones Player #2; Scott LaFeber directs. | Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St, Boston | 617.585.5678 | Through December 20 | Curtain 2 pm [December 16] + 7:30 Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 3 + 8 pm Sat | 3 + 7:30 pm [evening December 13] Sun | $25-$54 | Carolyn Clay's review on page 28

SHULAMIS | Harvard University hosts this production of the 1880 Yiddish-language operetta by Avrom Goldfaden. The story finds our beautiful heroine wandering in the desert, and after she's rescued by the handsome Avsholem, she promises to marry him when he returns from Jerusalem, but it's been a while, and she's still waiting. The dialogue has been translated into English by Nahma Sandrow; the 25 songs will be sung in Yiddish, with English subtitles; Zalmen Mlotek provides the score. Debra Caplan and Cecilia Raker direct. | Agassiz Theater, 5 James St, Cambridge || Through December 6 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs + Sat | 2 + 8 pm Sun | $15; $10 students, seniors

SLEEP NO MORE | The second entry in the American Repertory Theater's mini-season of revisionist Shakespeare is presented by the London troupe Punchdrunk at the Old Lincoln School in Brookline Village; entering as part of a group, you're handed a white mask and invited to explore the four floors of the environment in any way you choose. The mood is set by World War II ballads and Bernard Herrmann's music from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, and by the dim lighting and the creepy venue. Everyone's experience will be different; ours included the banquet in the school auditorium, a strobe-lit Black Sabbath in the basement, a stroll through Birnam Wood, and an unsettling version of Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking scene where she's attended by a nurse in a hospital ward. | Old Lincoln School, 194 Boylston St, Brookline Village | 617.547.8300 | Through January 3 | Curtain 7 + 7:20 + 7:40 pm Tues-Thurs + Sun | 7:20 + 7:40 + 8 pm Fri-Sat | $35-$39

TRU GRACE | Underground Railway Theater presents a holiday double bill of Grace Paley's The Loudest Voice and Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. Both plays are set in the 1930s. In the first, nice Jewish girl Shirley's great voice lands her the plum role in the school play — which just happens to be a Nativity play; in the second, Truman recalls making fruitcakes with his older cousin and exchanging kites as presents and how the two of them treated themselves (and the family dog, Queenie) to the whiskey left over from the fruitcakes. Wesley Savick directs. | Central Square Theater, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 866.811.4111 | Through December 27 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed [December 23] + Thurs [December 10] | 8 pm Fri [no Christmas Day] | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm [evening December 27] Sun | $35; $25 seniors; $20 students; $15 children

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